Mud run no trouble for Kate
The saying goes, ‘‘tough times don’t last, tough people do’’.
Eight-year-old Kate Pridham reckons she is pretty tough, tough enough to enter the Junior Tough Guy & Gal Challenge in Hamilton.
The Matamata Primary School student signed up through school and a large group of her fellow students participated.
Kate participated in the 1.5km Ankle Biter extreme off road running course, complete with large mud puddles from start to finish.
This wasn’t quite what Kate had in mind when she signed up.
‘‘It sounded tough, and I like being tough,’’ she said. ‘‘I didn’t think it would be as hard as it was. ‘‘It was way bigger than I expected. ‘‘I thought it would be puddles of mud and an obstacle course, instead all the way through there was mud.
‘‘My whole pants were covered in mud, up to my hips.
‘‘At the end there was this big pond of mud and I lost my shoe in there. ‘‘When I went over a gate, I fell into the mud. ‘‘It was wet, sticky and gross.’’ The off road race was a fundraiser for Cure Kids, and every child who signed up needed to either make a one off donation, or fundraise.
Cure Kids is a charity driven to help discover better treatments and cures for health conditions affecting children.
It’s a charity close to Kate’s heart, she has a friend who has been battling cancer.
‘‘I was raising money to help her and people like her.’’
By asking friends and family to support her, Kate raised $132.
Every child who participated received a medal, and Kate is pretty happy with hers.
She says it’s a nice reminder of the day and it’s an event she is happy to have got involved with.
‘‘I was proud when I completed it because I finished the race without any help.
‘‘I would do it again, but in shorts and I wouldn’t wear my shoes through the mud next time.’’
Kate Pridham participated in the Tough Guy & Gal Challenge in Hamilton.